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Olympic Rings Magnet

Last week when I was making my Bottle Cap Flower Magnets, I was thinking about other ideas for our large collection of bottle caps. I should mention that I was also watching the Olympics – shocker! My brain took the next logical step, and I was soon creating an Olympic Rings Magnet made out of bottle caps. Now we have a memento from these Olympics and yet another magnet for our packed refrigerator door!

Supplies:

  • 5 Bottle Caps
  • Rubbing Alcohol
  • Cotton Swabs
  • Blue, Black, Red, Yellow, and Green Paint
  • Hot Glue Gun
  • Glue Sticks
  • Magnet
  • E-6000 Adhesive

I first cleaned the insides of five bottles caps with rubbing alcohol and a cotton swab. Then I painted the insides the colors of the Olympic Rings. Because I already had each of the five colors I needed, I used acrylic craft paints. Enamel paints or even nail polish would also work well. I gave them each two coats of paint. I then hot glued the bottle caps together in the correct color placement and added some extra glue to the backside for additional stability. Lastly I attached a magnet to the back with E-6000 and let it dry overnight. I suppose you could attach the magnet with hot glue, but I prefer the superior holding strength of E-6000. This project is easy enough to complete while watching an evening of Olympic competition. Plus the kids could definitely help out with the painting!

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Olympic Rings Necklace

Looking around on Pinterest for Olympic-inspired crafts, I found the most darling necklace from Remarkably Domestic.

Her tutorial is very detailed and has lots of pictures. Since I already had everything or a suggested substitution from her supply list, I decided to give this necklace a try. In the place of Chinese knotting cord, I used embroidery floss even though I was concerned that it might separate into its individual strands. During the wrapping of the rings it was fine, but finishing off the ends was a little tricky. I had to use more glue than I would have liked, and my thread ends didn’t disappear into the design like hers. For the rings, I used the largest jump rings I had on hand, which are 10mm. I think that I could have hidden my thread ends more if my rings had been larger and thicker. As a result, not all of my rings turned out super pretty like hers.

This is one of those times when my Pinterest project didn’t turn out as well as the original. It happens. Mine is still pretty cute, but I see the flaws because I have perfectionist tendencies. I think the original necklace is precious and would love to have a cleaner version of it. My advice if you try this project: use cording!

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Olympic Rings Cross Stitch Pattern

I don’t think that I’m alone in loving the Olympics, especially the Summer Games. The excitement of the athletes and the fans is contagious! The non-stop coverage provides great background for crafting. During the Beijing Olympics, I worked on a Chinese street scene in cross stitch. This time I’ve been stitching a scene of Venice.

Yesterday I thought it would be fun to make a quick, Olympics-inspired piece, so I searched the internet for a pattern. I was surprised not to really find anything. Since the thought appealed to me so much, I opted to create my own Olympic Rings pattern. I collect embroidery patterns, so I knew that I wouldn’t have any problems finding a simple, symmetrical “O.” I then completed a Google Image search for the Olympic Rings for the correct color order and overlapping. Here’s a link to my Olympic Rings Pattern.

With my pattern created, I found a small scrap of 28 ct. white fabric and chose the colors for the rings. I stitched the rings over two threads with two strands of floss. Once they were done, I thought they needed a little pizzaz. I’ve always thought of back stitching as the mascara of embroidery. It adds that last touch of definition that you really miss when you don’t have it. Because the pattern is so simple, I chose to outline the rings in metallic floss. Gold seemed the obvious choice. This is the Olympics after all!

This project is so simple that you should easily be able to complete it during one evening of Olympic viewing. Use materials you already have. Find a scrap of leftover fabric like I did. Pick your own colors from your pre-existing stash. Substitute 310 for the metallic thread in the back stitching. Happy stitching AND viewing!

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